How to start your Water Babies journey

Ready to start swimming?

Water Babies teach baby swimming lessons in lots of pools across Ireland so to find your nearest pool click Find A Class near me and register your details.

Register your details

We have four family run regional offices across Ireland so you can find your local Water Babies office details here:

Ireland East - Dublin, Meath, Kildare

Ireland South East – Wexford, Waterford, Kilkenny, Carlow, Tipperary

Ireland North West – Galway & Limerick

Ireland South West – Cork & Kerry

Once you register your interest, you will receive an email from your local office with all the details about lessons, prices, what to bring and lots more.

At this point you are automatically added to our waiting list for classes in your area.  When we start the booking for the upcoming term you will hear from us by text, email or phone call.   Do get back to us promptly once you hear from us as places fill up very fast especially any weekend availability. 

We teach Monday to Sunday but we generally have more availability mid-week for beginners. So if you can be flexible, you may receive more swimming options.

Currently we usually have four ten-week terms per year – November, February, May and September. 

Water Babies baby swimming lesson

What age can my baby start swimming?

Your baby can start from birth (depending on the venue based on pool temperature) buts it’s really when you are ready. Based on health guidelines your baby does not need to wait before they get their vaccinations before starting their Water Babies journey.

We suggest that you don’t wait too long to register your baby so there is a better chance of getting the space you want and of course, its great for your baby to start young so they can enjoy all the benefits that baby swimming can give them.

What you’ll need to bring to lessons

Every little one attending Water Babies classes, regardless of age must follow the double nappy system which means they must wear a Splash About Happy Nappy or Splash Jammers plus a disposable paper swim nappy. Alternatively, they can wear the all-in-1 Happy Nappy DUO which removes the need for the disposable paper swim nappy – one less thing to worry about and so much more environmentally friendly.

Your local office will let you know if your little one will need a wetsuit when you are booking on, this depends on the age of your baby and the temperature of the pool.  

You can order your Water Babies swimwear and accessories through the Water Babies Webshop or you can purchase when booking on and we will help you with sizing for your little one.

Water Babies baby swimming lesson

Learn On Line

While you’re waiting, why not check out our handy starter videos? They’ll help you get ready for your first lesson with us.

Getting Ready for your first lesson

You can also find out all you need to do to get your little one ready for their first lesson including everything you need for the big day! 

The benefits of baby swimming

The benefits of getting your baby in the water are huge, not only do we teach babies to be confident in the water, we teach them important principles of water safety. We also give you the confidence and skills to teach you to teach your baby to swim. It is also a great opportunity for you to meet and socialise with other mums and dads with babies of the same age.

Find out all the joys and benefits of baby swimming!

Our under-water photo shoot

Every little one coming to Water Babies will get the opportunity to attend our underwater photoshoot at the end of the first term. We set up a state-of -the -art studio to create that iconic shot of your baby.

Find out what makes our unique underwater photography the best.

Frequently Asked Questions

Read our Frequently Asked Questions where we've answered the most commonly asked questions. But if there's ever anything you're unsure about, do get in touch with your local office. They're more than happy to help. 

Ready to start swimming?